Category: Human Resources

Dealing With Conflict at Work

resolving-staff-conflictNo matter how hard they try, some colleagues and team members just can’t seem to get along.  From outbursts during meetings to email wars that can drag the entire office into a time-wasting state of tension, workplace conflict is one of the biggest obstacles to effective management.

If your business doesn’t have an HR specialist on the payroll, you don’t need to spend a fortune on consultants – here are some common-sense approaches you can take to resolving office conflicts. Continue reading “Dealing With Conflict at Work”

How to Write an Industry-Specific CV

industry-specific-cvIn our previous article we focused on the basic information and layout that you can use when you create a CV. Now let’s take a look at the different styles of CV that are most suitable for professionals in different industries. Whether you are an engineer, a technician, a business analyst, or any other type of professional, the type of work you do and your level of experience may call for a slightly different CV. Continue reading “How to Write an Industry-Specific CV”

A Well-Written CV – Why You Need One

writing-a-cvYour CV is your calling card, and it’s the first impression of you that a prospective employer will have. If you send a CV that is messy, out of date, or inaccurate in any way, you could be compromising your chances of being considered for the job. On the other hand, a well-written CV will make a good impression on the business you would like to work for, paving the way for a job interview. Continue reading “A Well-Written CV – Why You Need One”

Creating an HR Policy

human-resources-policySmall businesses, especially start-ups, often operate without an HR policy in place for the first months or even years of their lifespan – but is this a wise strategy?

Having an HR policy that is well-researched and written with the needs of the business and its staff in mind will allow even the smallest company to streamline its day-to-day running and avoid disputes with employees that are caused by a vague understanding of what is expected from each person. Continue reading “Creating an HR Policy”

How to Hire Super-Efficient Employees

hiring dynamic employeesLacklustre employees are the bane of every dynamic entrepreneur. Arriving at the office with renewed energy for the day and ambitious plans that you need to put into action, the last thing you want to be faced with is a team of employees who act as if they’d rather be somewhere else.

As discouraging as this scenario sounds, it is faced by entrepreneurs all over the world on a daily basis – what can you do to hire and keep efficient and dynamic employees? Continue reading “How to Hire Super-Efficient Employees”

Bringing about change in a business

Bringing about change in a business

managing-change-staff-resistanceMaking changes to the way a business operates from time to time is essential for every entrepreneur. As the economy changes and competitors change their strategies, your business will need to change in order to stay competitive and continue its growth and profitability.

Bringing about change in your business may be easy on paper – it’s not difficult to sit down and think of ways to make any company more efficient – but implementing those changes may not be as simple as you think. There are several reasons for this difficulty, including the need to invest in new equipment, skills shortages in your company, or a staff that resists change. Continue reading “Bringing about change in a business”

Why You Should Ask For Referrals

new-employee-referral-checkOne of the most difficult things about selecting a new member of staff through the interview process is that you may not know for certain whether your new employee will really be able to deliver on the job. Applicants may have excellent CVs – and look good on paper – but will your new staff member gel with the other members of your staff, and how reliable and trustworthy is the person? To help you decide the answer to these questions, you should insist on referrals from every job applicant you interview. Continue reading “Why You Should Ask For Referrals”

All on Board – Minimising Staff Resistance to Changes

All on Board – Minimising Staff Resistance to Changes

employeesEntrepreneurs are known for their great ideas, and quite often that is the key to their success. Many business owners are keen to make changes to the way their enterprises are run, being passionate about the growth and development of the business and keen to see it succeed.

However, as good as an innovative idea may be, it can only be effective if members of staff are willing to implement it correctly. If you’re having trouble with staff resistance to changes in your business, here are some strategies to overcome this all-too-common challenge: Continue reading “All on Board – Minimising Staff Resistance to Changes”

Retrenchment – The Financial Impact

Retrenchment – The Financial Impact

retrenchmentSince the 2009 recession, thousands of South Africans have found themselves retrenched by businesses that are struggling to survive in the current economic conditions. Although the recession is considered old news by some, companies continue to retrench people on a regular basis. If you’re concerned that you may be in line for retrenchment in the future, this short guide will assist you in planning for your financial future. Continue reading “Retrenchment – The Financial Impact”

Beware of CV Information When Hiring

Beware of CV Information When Hiring

cv-informationThe South African labour market is as competitive as ever, with a slower economy and a wave of new graduates seeking work throughout the country. Unfortunately for employers, certain job seekers are not as straightforward as they should be when compiling their CVs – here are several real examples of questionable CVs which we have been made aware of: Continue reading “Beware of CV Information When Hiring”